CONCORD, N.C. – Preston Peltier secured his third Pro All Stars Series South super-late-model victory of the year during the season-ending Thanksgiving Classic/Mason Dixon Meltdown at Concord Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Landon Cling dominated the first half of the event, but under caution at lap 135 Cling surrendered the lead when he came down pit road. That allowed Peltier, who had been running second, to inherit the lead for the first time during the 200-lap event.
When the field returned to green-flag racing Peltier jumped into the lead as Kyle Grissom gave chase. Peltier slowly pulled away as Grissom fell into a battle for second with Colt James and Trey Mitchell.
A crash involving Mark Reedy and Kyle Beattie in turn two brought out the final caution flag of the day on lap 169 and allowed Grissom to close the gap on Peltier. Grissom took his best shot at Peltier during the restart, but Peltier simply pulled away.
Peltier led the remainder of the event unchallenged to score the victory at the half-mile oval as Grissom chased him home in second.
“We were just kind of cruising there trying to save some tire,” Peltier said. “I think the 29 (Cling) had some kind of problem because we were starting to close on him. They said something about a header or something. Once we got the lead we just kind of cruised. Man, the car was great.”
Grissom’s second-place finish was just enough for him to lock up the PASS South championship in his first season with the touring super-late-model series.
“Our first year in the PASS South series and we got five wins and the championship,” Grissom said. “Hard to believe, but we really enjoyed running in this PASS series all year. Tom Mayberry (PASS President) does a great job. I’ve run a couple different traveling series before and this is head and shoulders above the rest.”
Grissom said he was worried about his car early on in Saturday’s race after he faded through the field early, but he managed to rebound to finish second.
“The first half we were really bad. I was worried, the car was basically junk,” Grissom said. “I was just trying to fade as gracefully as I could without getting wrecked. This is not a good place to be slow at. It is hard to get out of the way in this place.
“In the second half during the pit stop we made just a few little adjustments and came out and got a good couple of restarts there and got up to about third or fourth. From there I got to second and I was just able to maintain it. I didn’t think the adjustments we made at the pit stop were going to be that helpful, but still we had enough to hold on to second.”
James, the defending event winner, finished third. Fast qualifier Mitchell spun across the finish line in fourth, with PASS National champion Jay Fogleman completing the top five.
Trevor Noles won the companion 75-lap pro-late-model feature.